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Police arrest 2 protesters of plan to kill wolves

The Columbian
Published: September 26, 2011, 5:00pm

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two environmental activists have been arrested after chaining themselves to the entrance to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The activists used U-shaped bicycle locks to attach their necks to the agency’s doors in Salem. They were protesting a decision by the wildlife agency to kill two wolves that have preyed on livestock. They were taken into custody Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration.

A spokesman for the activists says the state is putting the interests of ranchers ahead of wildlife conservation.

Wildlife department spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy says the decision to kill wolves is not made lightly but the agency is working toward long-term wolf conservation. She says nonlethal measures have not successfully prevented wolves from killing livestock.